Sangeeta Bahl recently became the oldest woman to climb Mt Everest. Her first summit was at 47 in Mount Kilimanjarao, along with her husband. Then they scaled Mount Elbrus in Europe. The couple then became the third and fourth Indians to climb Mount Vinson in Antarctica.
But in the city that Mark Twain had once described as “older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together,” the oldest akahada, believed to have been established by the writer-poet Goswami Tulsidas, best known for his version of the epic Ramayana, had kept its doors shut to women till only last year.